Facile Dermatology – Vanessa Lee, RN, for a refreshed 2018 face

January 6, 2018

Nothing like a refreshed face for 2018. And hella yass, did I need it. Like so many of us, 2017 left me haggard, depressed and angry. I think I aged ten years. I needed a serious pick me up for my face (body and soul – working on SOUL with goddess meditation guide Kelly Morris of THE INFINITY CALL, more on her daily live mediation call in for women only, soon!! Can you say KELLY YOU ARE SAVING MY LIFE??!!!)

I headed over to the gorgeous little hide-away, Facile Dermatology where Vanessa, in less than 30 minutes, gave me a little overhaul. As you know, I am very natural (for someone who makes treatment plans and tries all the latest techniques). I look like your average mid-40’s working ass mother fucker. I am not fancy. I do not wear much make up. I keep it REAL AF. No fish lips. No chipmunk cheeks. No Beverly Hills housewife bullshit. 

Vanessa addressed my loss of volume and welp, falling cheeks. She added a little Voluma for the cheeks and Vollure for nasal labia folds and Botox, here and there. What a difference. Obvi. I am bat shit in love with the Voluma and Vollure. Mostly because I can’t even tell what she did. I just look….BETTER.

Vanessa finished with a microinfusion which basically is microneedling with with tiny deposits of a proprietary custom blend of botox, juverderm and super-antioxidants like glutathione that stimulates collagen to plump, tighten and brighten, shrinks pores, smooths for an instant glow with no downtime. THIS IS THE SHIT VON SHIT!!! This was the touch, I now realize, is everything. RUN AND GET THIS. STAT!

Facile Dermatology is one of my favorite spots in town.

I mean….look at it.

  
But that’s not all. Facile has you covered in so many ways…

THE PLANS LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS:

A TAILORED TREATMENT PLAN TO CLEAR YOUR COMPLEXION OF ACNE AND DARK SPOTS MAY INCLUDE:


  • CORTISONE INJECTIONS
    A quick prick with this powerful anti-inflammatory can dramatically reduce red, angry breakouts and hurry up healing—often immediately with cystic acne, in particular.
  • LASER THERAPY
    Think treatments like Clear + Brilliant, Fraxel or XLV.
  • FACIAL & BODY RESURFACING
    A.K.A. microneedling, it nudges skin to create new collagen and elastin fibers, which results in plumper, thicker skin and smoother scars and wrinkles.
  • CRYOFACIALS
    We add liquid nitrogen to your facial to treat what ails you: wrinkles, blemishes, pigmentation and sagging skin.
  • MICRO-INFUSIONS
    Micro-injections of botulinum toxin, filler droplets or PRP (platelet-rich plasma from your blood) will help shrink pores, improve fine lines and stimulate new collagen.
  • PEELS
    Customized chemical peels to reduce breakouts and minimize the appereance of visible scars.
  • A CUSTOM SKINCARE REGIMEN
    Each plan is individualized and includes Facile clinical and prescription-strength products.
  • TOPICAL AND/OR ORAL PRESCRIPTIONS

A CUSTOM ANTI-AGING PROGRAM TO HELP YOUR SKIN AGE IN REVERSE MAY INCLUDE:


  • WRINKLE RELAXERS
    Safe doses of botulinum toxins help unkink muscles, leading to smoother skin free from furrows.
  • INJECTABLE FILLERS
    Hyaluronic acid and collagen-stimulating fillers will give you a lift and youthful smoothness.
  • KYBELLA
    Injections of deoxycholic acid, a fat-absorbing substance, help reduce pockets of localized fat like a double chin.
  • LASER THERAPY
    Think treatments like Clear + Brilliant, Fraxel or XLV.
  • FACIAL & BODY RESURFACING
    A.K.A. microneedling, it nudges skin to create new collagen and elastin fibers, which results in plumper, thicker skin and smoother scars and lines.
  • CRYOFACIALS
    We add liquid nitrogen to your facial to treat what ails you: wrinkles, pimples, hyperpigmentations and sagging.
  • MICROINFUSIONS
    Microinjections of botulinum toxin, filler droplets, or PRP (from your own blood) shrink pores, improve fine lines, and stimulate new collagen.
  • PEELS
    Customized chemical peels help reduce signs of sun damage and visible scars.
  • A CUSTOM SKINCARE REGIMEN
    Each plan is individualized and includes Facile clinical and prescription-strength products.

AN ADJUSTABLE, ONGOING PROGRAM TO KEEP YOUR SKIN HAPPY AND HEALTHY, FROM THE INSIDE OUT, MAY INCLUDE:


  • IV INFUSION & Vitamin INJECTION THERAPY
    A custom cocktail of vitamins supports increased energy, glowing skin, anti-aging at the cellular level, improved athlecit performance, healing and recovery, enhanced immunity, hydration and stress relief.
  • VITAMINS & HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS
    A custom cocktail of take-home supplements in-office IV and vitamin therapies.
  • A NUTRITIONIST-RECOMMENDED DIET
  • A SKIN CANCER SCREENING EXAM
    The doctor checks for suspicious spots and removes anything questionable or bothersome.
  • A CUSTOM SKINCARE REGIMEN
    Each plan is individualized and includes Facile clinical and prescription-strength products.
  
FACILE

Vanessa Lee, RN
638 1/2 North Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Email: info@facileskin.com
Phone: 310.929.2220

Is Xeomin Better Than Botox?

January 3, 2018

It’s 2018. Another year, another wrinkle. OY.

Maybe you’ve built up a sensitivity to Botox? Maybe you’re a dude and feel funky about getting Botox, but wouldn’t mind trying a ‘natural facial muscle relaxer’ – so to speak.

Welp, more and more people are checking out Xeomin.

So, what’s XEOMIN®?

Well, like Botox, it’s a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults for a short period of time (temporary).  In other words, it takes those awful “11’s” away. 

The main difference between Xeomin and Botox is that Xeomin contains just one ingredient: botulinum toxin A.

Xeomin is the only one of the three (Xeomin, Botox and Dysport) injectables that does not need to be refrigerated before use, due to its lack of additives. Xeomin is a “naked injectable,” meaning that it does not contain any additives.

A benefit of a pure-form injectable is that the human body is less likely to become resistant to it. Some patients have developed antibodies to Botox which means…it no longer works! 

This is a great way to go for dudes (something about it seems more natural and it’s often marketed like that) and for first timers who are Botox curious.

XEOMIN® is available only through licensed physicians like:

Johnny Wright,The Man Behind Michelle Obama’s Gorgeous Locks Rocks My Hair at Salon Kazumi

December 23, 2017

Celebrity Hairstylist Johnny Wright
Joins Salon Kazumi in Beverly Hills

Johnny Wright, renowned artist who was personal stylist to First Lady Michelle Obama over two terms JUST CUT MY HAIR!!!

And it’s the best cut I have had in years. YEARS. And, Johnny is now my official go-to-rec from Groomed LA. So, if you ask me who to go to cut your hair, I will send you to Johnny. 

Salon Kazumi lucky to have landed this celebrated hairstylist and educator.  Of course, Johnny is renowned for his work with First Lady Michelle Obama and lucky us, he has returned to the west coast after almost a decade of being based in Washington D.C. as her personal hair hairstylist.

In 2002, Wright began working with L’Oreal where he stayed for 16 years, moving from technical consultant and platform artist to lead educator and on to artistic style director.  In 2007, Wright moved to Los Angeles to work at the esteemed Frédéric Fekkai salon, and to pursue a styling career in television and film.

It was an earlier event in 2007 that caused Wright’s career to truly become a part of history.

President Obama had just announced his campaign, and an opportunity arose for Wright to style First Lady Michelle Obama for an Essence photo-shoot.  They hit it off, and as she traveled to Los Angeles for television appearances, Wright continued to style her. After creating her look for the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and a Vogue cover-shoot in 2009, the First Lady asked Wright to move to D.C. to be her personal hairstylist.   Wright maintained this role through both terms and traveled with the First Family to over 40 countries around the globe.

Wright’s work has appeared in major national and international publications including Glamour, Essence, Vogue Italia, Ebony, Time, InStyle, Parade, and People, among many, many others.  From politicians to celebrities, Wright’s client list includes Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington, Maxine Waters, Samira Wiley, Tamron Hall, Regina King, Karrueche Tran, Reese Witherspoon, Vivica A. Fox, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sherri Shepherd, Naturi Naughton, Vanessa Williams, Lauren London, LisaRaye, Janelle Monáe, Syleena Johnson, Shaun Robinson, and Candace Bushnell.

Salon owner Kazumi Morton and Wright bonded over their mutual commitment to education and encouraging young talent.  Kazumi explains, “Johnny is an amazing stylist and I am so happy he is joining our close family of talented artists.  His ability to work with all types and textures of hair, combined with his warm personality and winning-manner, makes him a perfect fit for Salon Kazumi.”

Wright adds, “What attracted me to Salon Kazumi was, in addition to the intimate setting and Kazumi’s positive and supportive attitude, was the true sense of kinship that I found there.  There is a real exchange of creative energy between the stylists and colorists at the salon and I know my clients will feel as equally comfortable and at home.”

About Salon Kazumi

Salon Kazumi and its founder Kazumi have been featured in The Colorist, Beauty Launchpad, InStyle, Glamour, Vogue, Marie Claire, Real Simple and The Hollywood Reporter among other prestigious magazine titles.

Salon Kazumi 
9725 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90210.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9am – 6pm.
For appointments please call (310) 751-0909.

 

Is Gray The New Black? Michelle Ray reports…

Part Two of Michelle Ray’s journey: My Transformation + the benefits of going grey

After weeks of looking at gray, silver and white haired women on Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook and Oprah Magazine, I decide to embrace my real hair.  Maybe not all of it, since I have no idea what it’s going to look like!

So I ask my stylist, armed with a dozen photos, the big question:

What about letting some of my real color grow in as my new “base,” adding some color for contrast? 

I held my breath, waiting for him to say how much older I would look and how horrible that would be.   Then he said “Yes. Of course.” And he got to work, leaving my roots untouched while adding fine ash blond highlights to my hair.

Even with wet hair, looking in the mirror  I’ll never forget that distinct feeling of relief. I feel  brighter, softer, more real.  I was thrilled.

“When do I come back? “ I asked.

“Wait as long as possible” he replies.

My skin looks brighter against the lighter hair.  I go lighter and lighter. I choose to cut a decent amount of my length to just above the shoulders, as the bleach is damaging and my ends are frizzy. 

But I feel better and don’t cringe at the silvery color now that it blends with the highlights instead of screaming loudly against my old brassy brown hair.

          Feb. 2017 after 2 rounds of highlights & lowlights

I share my story with everyone who will listen. I notice women with grey hair everywhere and stop to compliment them. I am unabashedly obsessed with gray hair!   My Mom gets inspired and goes gray too.  She receives many compliments on her bright white hair.

Grace Ilasco, co-owner of the Color Lounge in Burbank, California, offers a “Fifty Shades of Gray” transformation from colored brown, red or blond tresses to an all over adjustment to match or blend seamlessly with the client’s grey, white or silver roots. 

This can be accomplished in a 8 or more hour appointment (record is 16 hours!) or in a few sessions.

Photo of a Color Lounge client

Some benefits of not coloring :      

Freedom from constant root touch up appointments

Healthier, shinier hair

Hair that naturally compliments skin tone (which changes slightly with age)

Less exposure to potentially toxic chemicals

More free time, less driving and sitting in the salon chair

Savings of $1,200 – 2,500. a year or more depending on frequency and type of color

There’s nothing wrong with coloring your hair, but know that you CAN be beautiful, sexy, even glamorous with your own natural color, no matter what that is.

If you’re interested in detailed information on how to transform your hair to its natural shade, please check out my e-book now available on Amazon Go Gray Your Way! Expert Advice & Inspiration from a Former Color Addict (free now through 12/25/17).

For more on healthy aging, skin & hair care, visit my website at www.smartbeautyrituals.com.

XX Michelle Ray

Photo Ben Winkler www.BenWinkler.com.

Basic Invite, Anything But Basic

December 21, 2017

Basic Invite has all your invite needs covered!

With so many invitation sites to choose from, why choose Basic Invite? 

Welp, Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. If you are an instant gratification junkie like me, or a control freak (also like me), then this feature makes invite shopping a dream. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This totally makes Basic Invite stand out from the crowd. 

But that’s not all.

Besides having every kind of invitation event under the sun from surprise party invitationsbirthday, baby shower,, graduation, baby announcement to formal invitations and more. They have you covered big time.

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of your invitations so you can see exactly how they will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order!!!!

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with invitations. You can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to envelopes – this to me is so fun because you can really get artsy with the whole presentation. Oh, and they are peel and seal, which makes popping your beauty of an invite and getting it mail-ready, easy-peasy.

Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders. Pretty sweet.

Foil – Foil holiday cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold (my fave!). You can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

 

Follow them on social (@basicinvite) to stay up to date with creative ideas and news about all things Basic Invite. Oh and by the way, they are anything BUT basic!

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